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  1. #1
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    Vanderbilt Tenders

    Are Bachmann and Model Power the only game in town when it comes to plastic Vanderbilt tenders? I wish to model late SP steam, but even with a popular US prototype, it appears that I am at a disadvantage.

    Is there any other manufacturers out there that make these, or is the only other recourse brass?

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    There used to be a small company or two that made vanderbilt kits, I think, but they're probably long gone by now...

    As far as what's available, the model power tender will work for moguls, connies, tenwheelers, etc, and bachmann's 6-axle tender will work for mountains, decs, sp-class, etc. Bachmann's newer midsize vandy from their H-4 mallet could be bashed into something for mikes & pacifics.

    But remember, square tenders were abundant, too. Some espee connies had square tenders (see below; second engine) and so did gs-series northerns, several pacifics, twelve-wheelers, and more. And don't forget whalebacks!

    Other than that, brass is the only option as far as I'm aware...

    --Tom

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    When I bought my GHQ pickup truck for Mr. Delphos' Grocery store, they included a flier with an advertised SP 12,000 Gallon Vanderbilt Tender kit for $39.95. It said "Coming this winter".

    I even sent in a query to GHQ around September last year and they had said later that fall. :tb-wacky:

    Deep down, I'm glad they're not out yet.. I'm broke already.

    But deep deep down, I just hope these were not canceled. :nailbiting:

    Let me see if I can dig up the flier and scan a photo...

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    Those are what you can use. You can get most of them off ebay or as parts from Bachmann's parts department. The Bmann vandy tender can be shortened to approximate a SP 120-C-8 tender or you can use the 160C1 tender from the 4-8-4. Another option is a 220R1 tender from kato or Concor GS-4 for use on a few select engines (one 2-10-2 that I know of and perhaps others). I scratchbuilt a whaleback from USRA long tender. There are many ways to kitbash based on current availability, it just takes a bit of work sometimes.

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    Here's the photo.. Maybe someone has more info about this product?

    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails GHQVanderbiltTender.jpg  

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    Waaaaaa!!!!!!! I want one!

    Thanks for the info, fellas. I'll keep my eyes peeled for deals. :thumbs_up:

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    Me to, I could use 3 or 4 of these. GHQ, please make this!!

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    N Scale vanderbilt tenders:

    Seprately available -

    Bachmann - C&O VC16
    Model Power - short SP style
    Con-Cor/Rivarossi - B&O large vanderbilt (from EL series mallet)

    Available w/loco -

    Bachmann - 4-8-4 Northern w/Medium Oil Vandy
    Bachmann - 2-6-6-2 H4 w/ C&O VC12
    ConCor - 4-8-4 Northern S-2 w/Large Oil Vandy

    Others offered but no longer out there -

    Tichy - Copy of Con-Cor B&O Vanderbilt
    Tichy - Shortened Copy of B&O Vanderbilt (Not sure on true heritage of that one)
    Gloor Craft - Brass Short Vanderbilt kit
    ??? - Medium Brass Vanderbilt kit (can't remember manufacture, one on Ebay recently.)
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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by SPsteam View Post
    Me to, I could use 3 or 4 of these. GHQ, please make this!!

    I suggest sending them an email inquiry. If they get enough inquires I'm sure they'll get back to work on the project soon.

    [Side-track]
    Also suggest to GHQ an N Scale version of their HO Material Handler!! :D :D These would be a must have on any N Scale layout!


    [End side-track]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Watson View Post
    Here's the photo.. Maybe someone has more info about this product?

    That's SP 2353's tender.

    :tb-biggrin:I could really, uhh......

    :tb-err:nyahh.....

    ...**drools**

    :tb-tongue:Dibs.
    --Tom

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